Next Concert

Sunday 17 March 2019

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Sunday 17 March 2019 at 7:30pm

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Ben Goldscheider

Ben Goldscheider

The Hexagon, Reading

Spring Concert 7:30pm

Conductor: Ian Brown

Piano: Peter Donohoe

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

HSO continues its proud record of engaging internationally acclaimed soloists by welcoming Peter Donohoe to play Brahms’s mighty Piano Concerto No 1. Since his unprecedented success as Silver Medal winner of the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Peter has built an extraordinary world-wide career, encompassing a huge repertoire. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique.

Brahms wrote his first piano concerto at the age of 25 and the work is a pillar of the Romantic repertoire. From the opening ferocious drum roll the music proclaims Brahms’s genius and youthful flare with its grandeur and excitement. At times the orchestra and piano seem to be engaged in some titanic struggle. The concert culminates with Shostakovich’s most-played, but ambiguous, Symphony No 5. Written in 1937 at the time of Stalin’s Great Terror, Shostakovich worked in a mood of isolation and fear after being denounced by the Union of Soviet Composers. The work was an immediate success as the audience rose to its feet after the triumphant, joyful finale. Do we hear political protest or capitulation to the Soviet regime? What is indisputable, is that the work is a masterpiece.

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Spring Concert

  • £12 unreserved seating
  • £6 students
  • £2 under 10s

Tickets will become available soon from either the contact form, the box office on 01235 859210, or from the Hexagon website (where a booking fee will apply).



Directions to The Hexagon, Reading

Postcode: RG1 7UA

Queen's Walk, Reading

More detailed instructions here